This blog post refers to the upcoming Learn to Draw with Pastel Course which begins on February 1st. Click here for details. Pastel Pencils For pastel pencils, I recommend Faber Castell Pitt Pencils and the colours suggested for this course are White, Black, Ivory, Light Flesh, Terracotta, Caput Mortem, Dark Naples Ochre, and a shadeContinue reading “Pastel Course Materials”
A lot of people have been in touch to say they miss the group experience of the Facebook courses. For this reason, I am moving the Patreon monthly courses to Facebook groups in the hope it includes more people and those taking the courses can regain the group support they are missing out on. AnotherContinue reading “Learn to Draw with Pastel”
This portrait was drawn with Faber Castell Pitt Pastel Pencils and Unison soft pastel on Daler Rowney Ingres pastel paper. It measures 12″ x 8″ / A4 / 30cm x 20cm. This was such a beautiful reference to work from. Tiska has such a sweet, delicate face it was lovely to have such great lightingContinue reading “Tiska the Hungarian Vizsla”
This portrait was drawn with pencil on Canson paper and measures 9″ x 9″ / 23 x 23cm.
1. Black Dogs This is the the most common complaint I hear when teaching, and a reason a lot of people think a portrait of their dog might be impossible. Drawing or painting a black dog is no more difficult that a dog of any other colour. Once the reference photograph has enough light, especiallyContinue reading “5 Common Struggles when Drawing or Painting Dogs”
This portrait was drawn with Faber Castell Pastel Pitt Pencil on Daler Rowney Ingres paper and measures 16″ x 12″ / 40 x 30cm. I have drawn or painted so many Vizsla portraits and for a breed with virtually no variation in colour or markings it always amazes me how different they all are! RoryContinue reading “Rory the Hungarian Vizsla”
This portrait was drawn with Faber Castell Pastel Pitt Pencil on Daler Rowney Ingres paper and measures 16″ x 12″ / 40 x 30cm. The reference photograph for this portrait was quite blurred, but the large paper size allowed me to add in a higher level of detail.
This portrait was drawn with Faber Castell Pastel Pitt Pencil on Daler Rowney Ingres paper and measures 16″ x 12″ / 40 x 30cm. Before adding any detail to Joseph’s portrait, I added a light coloured layer of pastel pencil to help keep as much light as possible throughout the portrait, as I always thinkContinue reading “Jonathan the Ginger Tabby”
For anyone who draws with pastel, have you ever tried using a blending tool? I find mine really great for areas of finer detail, the flat rubber or chamois end presses the pastel down and allows for much sharper detail. It’s not something I use all the time, I don’t find it useful for largerContinue reading “Blending Tool”
This portrait measured 8″ x 6″ / 20 x 15cm and is drawn with Faber Castell Pastel Pencil and Unison soft pastel on Daler Rowney Ingres Pastel Paper. This was my first time drawing this beautiful breed, so I was really excited to start! With such a small paper size it was difficult to captureContinue reading “Dogue de Bordeaux”